American Accounts documents the destruction of of Smyrna edited by Constantine G. Hatzidimitriou and published by Aristide D. Caratzas Melissa International, LTD, New York & Athens.
American Accounts Documenting of the Destruction of Smyrna edited by Constantine G. Hatzidimitriou and published by Aristide D. Caratzas Melissa International, LTD, New York & Athens.
The author writes…..“Even today, among Greek speakers the term “the Catastrophe” is commonly used to refer to the eradication of the Greek presence in Asia Minor. By the time the so-called exchange of populations was “completed” in 1924, most of the Greek communities, that survived thousands of years of foreign invasions and the assimilationist pressures of Ottoman Islam, were eliminated by the nationalist fervor of Turkish Kemalism.
There is little doubt that this process resulted in the Genocide of Anatolian Hellenism. In fact, in several of the U.S. State Department documents reproduced in this volume it is acknowledged that the Kemalist authorities in Smyrna made it known to American representatives that the removal of the Christian population of the city was the “final decision of the National Government as a solution of the race problem.”
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